The Washington Post
Kendall Fuller, William Jackson III, Benjamin St-juste, Christian Holmes, Tariq Castro-fields, Rachad Wildgoose
Washington altered this group late, claiming Castro-fields and Wildgoose off waivers to expand the group to six. Why so many? Washington’s base defense is no longer an antiquated 4-3. Now it’s a 4-2-5, and the team will play most of its snaps in subpackages featuring an extra defensive back.
Many of Washington’s defensive backs can play two, if not three, positions in the secondary, giving coordinator Jack Del Rio more flexibility. Wildgoose also has the position flex the team covets, and Castro-fields provides depth at outside cornerback. But the starters are the core, and after a year together, they are confident their communication and experience will propel them to a higher level.